Kanan was blinded in a lightsaber battle against Maul on Malacore. The cartoon doesn't show you the gruesome details, and Kanan picks up on old mask and wears it after the fateful slash.

Later he is shown with a sort of bandage over his eyes.

Then he is shown with a mask the covers most of his face. It has markings to show where eyes would be.

But in one of the episodes after that, he is shown with the mask removed - and his eyes are just white. He does have a scar across the bridge of his nose, but his eyes look just fine although sightless.

Then he goes back to wearing the facemask again.

Why does he wear the facemask? You would think it is cumbersome and uncomfortable unless it offers some other practical benefit like some sort of magnetic sensor or proximity sensor.

  • "The cartoon doesn't show you the gruesome details" - Actually.... imgur.com/WBC02hX
    – Rogue Jedi
    Jan 1, 2017 at 1:33
  • That's not gruesome for having your eyeballs fried out of their sockets. There's not even any blood.
    – bgmCoder
    Jan 1, 2017 at 7:53
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    "it's just that they're terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future. " - Man in Black Jan 5, 2017 at 3:01

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I expect for some of the same reasons that some blind people here on Earth wear dark glasses, as laid out in this answer on Quora.

  • He might want to decrease the likelihood of harassment or awkwardness from those uncomfortable with looking at his injured eyes.

  • He doesn’t want to run into an obstacle and hurt his eyes. In addition, since he doesn’t need to see, it might be a benefit to have what’s basically a piece of armor protecting one of the more sensitive portions of his body.

  • He might want to make sure other people know that he’s blind, so they can accommodate him accordingly.

I don’t think that the portion related to photosensitivity is relevant, since being hit by a lightsaber would probably remove one’s vision entirely. If it is though, it presents a fourth reason: that what little light does get through is bothersome, so Kanan would rather not see it.

  • Yes, but why a mask that covers almost all of his frontal lobe? All he really needs is an eye-covering.
    – bgmCoder
    Dec 31, 2016 at 14:47
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    So what you are objecting to is his sense of style?
    – Broklynite
    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:49
  • Sense of style? Kanan is the sort to choose practicality over style (which is why he wears his hair in a bun instead of down in a stylish flowing manner like Anakin). I don't think this has to do with style. If it is just about style then it is just silliness or swag - which doesn't fit his character. There must be another reason.
    – bgmCoder
    Jan 8, 2017 at 20:01
  • Also, he puts the mask on immediately, while they are still fighting maul. If it were for cosmetic purpose or signaling a warning to others, there would be no need to put it on so quickly. Sep 14, 2021 at 23:08

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